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NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)



NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)


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Date:2011; Australian drug trends series No. 80




Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Ecstasy (Drug) -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

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Sydney (N.S.W)



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83 7 LAW ENFORCEMENT-RELATED TRENDS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG USE Key points One-quarter of the sample had been arrested in the preceding 12 months. Thirty-one percent of the sample reported engaging in some form of criminal activity in the previous month, most commonly dealing and property crime. The number of ATS seizures decreased from 183 in 2008/09 to 167 in 2009/10. The weight of seizures (6,344 grams) was far less than in 2010 (38,937 grams). In 2009/10 there was one heroin consumer arrest and one cocaine provider arrest. Cannabis consumer and provider arrests totalled 597, the same number as in 2008/09. More recent NT Department of Justice data show that possession of cannabis infringement notices increased from 559 in 2009/10 to 679 in 2010/11. Almost half (47%) of the sample had spent $50 or more on drugs on the day prior to the interview. 7.1 Reports of criminal activity Table 65 shows that 31% of the IDRS sample reported having committed at least one crime in the month prior to interview. As in 2010, dealing (20%) was the most frequently reported crime, followed by property crime (14%). The pattern of types of crimes committed has remained stable over the years, with dealing and property crime most common and low reported rates of fraud and violent crime. One-quarter of the sample had been arrested within 12 months of the interview. Of those, 29% had been arrested for drug possession or use (29% in 2010), 4% for dealing/trafficking (4% in 2010), 25% for property crime (33% in 2010), 8% for fraud (nil in 2010), 4% for driving offences (17% in 2010), 8% for breach of AVO (4% in 2010) and 4% for violent crime (4% in 2010). Of the categories of drunk and disorderly, failure to appear in court, provide false identity, outstanding warrants, trespassing and unpaid fines, each accounted for 4% of the arrested population. Table 65: Criminal and police activity as reported by participants, 2007-2011 (%) 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Criminal activity in last month Dealing Property crime Fraud Violent crime Any crime 22 11 3 2 29 19 16 5 4 35 14 16 3 3 26 18 16 2 2 32 20 14 2 3 31 Arrested in last 12 months 27 25 20 24 25 Source: IDRS participant interviews Reports of dealing and violent crime increased from 2010 levels, although the increase in violent crime was marginal (Figure 51). There was a slight decrease in reports of property crime and reports of engaging in fraud remained stable.